Tuesday 6 December 2016

Step away from the desk: time to follow the French and take a proper lunch hour

Published 11/03/2014 | 17:00

Even children at school get a proper lunch break and don’t have to stuff a ham sandwich down their neck in the space of 10 minutes
Even children at school get a proper lunch break and don’t have to stuff a ham sandwich down their neck in the space of 10 minutes

I recently spilled tomato soup all over my keyboard while trying to finish a column. I can assure you that liquids and keyboards are a match made in hell. I am currently typing on sticky letters to the smell of stale tomato soup mixed with multi-purpose household cleaner.

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After a lot of cursing, as I vainly tried to mop up the soup mess, I had a flashback to the long leisurely lunches I had enjoyed while working in France. I yearned for those three-course meals and glasses of wine in the company canteen. Somehow the hour seemed to stretch and I always went back to work feeling refreshed and ready for action.

Now it seems I always eat a sandwich, or soup, at my desk while staring at a screen. I'm sure this is not what any health expert would recommend and yet millions of people now spend their lunch hour in the exact same position.

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